Rye Fluffy Blini with Salmon Roe Dill and Sour Cream

This Rye Blini recipe is an homage to my childhood favorite Oladki blinis that my mom often made for breakfast - thick, fluffy, and perfectly golden brown. An absolute culinary perfection. She always served them with a dollop of luscious, incredibly rich, sour cream she brought from the local bazaar (Ukrainian farmers' market). Sometimes I wouldn't even wait until she put the sour cream into a bowl. I would deep the whole pancake right into a sourcream jar which would make my mom furious. ... Continue Reading

Draniki – 3-Ingredients Crispy Potato Pancakes

It's hard to believe, but these wonderfully delicious Crispy Potato Pancakes are made with only three main ingredients - grated potato, onion, and some cornstarch. I think such basic seasonings like salt and pepper could hardly count as a separate ingredient. You will also need a decent amount of vegetable oil for frying, but that's about it. The whole process will take less than 45 minutes, and the result will definitely surprise you. This beautiful Slavic dish is one of the favorite ... Continue Reading

Pan-Fried Zucchini with Yogurt Dressing

I wanted to post this Pan-Fried Zucchini with Yogurt Dressing recipe before the 4th of July because I think this dish goes exceptionally well with grilled meat and fish. The beauty of these zucchinis is that they can be a lovely side dish or a completely independent vegetarian main coarse. It's up for you do decide. Since I don't have access to a grill right now, so I pan-fried these bad boys. But if you're among those lucky people who can enjoy a backyard BBQ, you can grill your zucchinis, ... Continue Reading

Roasted Carrot Hummus From Scratch

Today is a National Hummus Day. And I want to celebrate by sharing one of my all-time favorite hummus recipes - Roasted Carrot Hummus. This hummus is naturally sweet, thanks to roasted carrot, creamy, and packed with vibrant flavors. You can serve it with your favorite fresh and roasted veggies, grilled chicken, or toasted flatbread. It tastes wonderfully well with almost everything. How To Make Hummus From Scratch? I'm one of those people who don't like store-bought hummus. To me, it ... Continue Reading

Muhammara with Pickled Bell Peppers

Sometimes inspiration comes from unexpected sources. Mine found me when I was decluttering my pantry. After going through countless half-full bags of lentils, barley, and some weird grains I didn't even know I had, I discovered a jar of roasted and pickled red peppers, which I bought a few months ago and completely forgot about. For some weird coincidence, I placed them next to a bag of toasted walnuts my mom brought me from Ukraine, and then the lightning struck. I thought that I should ... Continue Reading

Beet Pkhali – Favorite Georgian Appetizer

Pkhali is a traditional Georgian dish which comes in many forms and colors. It's usually made with different vegetable, fresh herbs, garlic, and of course plenty of walnuts. In Georgian they make it with beans, beet leaves, and chard, but two of the most famous variations, which were adopted by other countries, are Beet and Spinach Pkhali. Those saturated vegetable juices add not only distinguished flavors but also attractive bright colors to a dish which otherwise may look like a plain ... Continue Reading

Delicious and Easy Crab Cakes Recipe

This Delicious and Easy Crab Cakes Recipe is a result of my first all-day fishing trip in California. People who know me personally can tell you that I'm a real seafood lover. And after going hunting for crabs in Halfmoon Bay, my love grew even more. Seeing that connection between nature and food you eat and love, is a magical experience that changing one's perspective. You learn how to handle the food with respect and care it deserves. My husband and I cleaned, shelled, and cooked those crabs ... Continue Reading

The Best Butternut Squash Potato Latkes

Recently I've been thinking about one dish I could eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and feel completely happy and satisfied. It didn't take me long to come up with the answer - it's Butternut Squash and Potato Latkes. I grow up eating those, although in Ukraine we call them Derynu and make mostly with grated potato and onion. My mom always made Derynu as a quick dinner option and served them piping hot with a dollop of farm sour cream on top. Even as a kid I could easily eat half a dozen ... Continue Reading

Vibrant Vietnamese Shrimp Summer Rolls

When I'm looking for a light and healthy dinner ideas, these Vibrant Vietnamese Shrimp Summer Rolls instantly comes to my mind. There is nothing more daunting for me than to spend the whole evening cooking in a hot kitchen. I truly believe that summer food should be fresh and simple because we have the luxury to eat delicious fresh produce while it in its prime season. So let's leave stew and roasted meat for colder seasons and enjoy eating crunchy raw veggies and delicious ripe fruits. T... Continue Reading